The latest two month exhibit at Wanderlust Art Park will be ending around the time of the New Year. This year it hasn’t snowed in Quentin but there are some Christmas decorations around as of a few days ago.
From left to right above, art by Veyot, SAULGOODIE, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and baker Bloch.
This experiment is over a year and a half in. It’s been interesting; I don’t consider myself a “curator”; mostly I do the communication and documenting. There aren’t themes but somehow things seem coherent, at least in my eyes.
Shown above is a real life photography by Adrianna Biziou, sculpture by Silas Merlin and a piece by Art Oluja.
There are times in any project when things seem to be kind of tedious or unclear but I like to make sure I’m not quitting too soon. To spice things up this year I, and my colleague Klaus, took the Wanderlust Art Truck on the road, had a lot of fun and met some great avatars.
A few months ago serra Qendra began building and installing on land near the park in Hookton. It keeps changing and has been an exciting and welcome addition to the neighborhood. The above photo is of * binary *. The parcel is now in Post Binary.
I doubt many could say this has been an easy, fair or smooth year. It makes it more meaningful for me to see avatars continue to create as best they can, with what they have and where they are. As the bumper sticker reminds us, “earth without art is just eh”.
Shown above is an image by Klaus, one in a series that contains a notecard with a very timely quote.
It’s been interesting in a lab-like way, to experience the various approaches and attitudes of other avatars, those who participate here and those who have been asked to and have declined. There are those who see this as an opportunity for showing their work and for some community. Others have behaved as thought it would be doing a big favor on their part and that this would be beneath them. Of course, there are all sorts of reasons and illogical, mysterious “reasons”. In my eyes, actual talent isn’t the indicator.
Show above, from left to right, work by ChrysTeRox, serra Qendra, Kimika Ying, Wheedle and Klaus.
As a visual to remind myself to go for more balance in my life, I installed a small exhibit, called All the Legs, in the Bird House. A notecard in the poster shown in the right of the above photo has a statement. One of my digital artworks as well as two pieces by others from my collection are shown as well.
At the adjacent Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension the weather is still lovely. There is outdoor and indoor cafe seating and I like to spend time here. It looks like I’m “working on something” and maybe I am sometimes.
The rusty sculpture is by Elle Thorkveld and is now a base for holiday decor the rest of the year. The vase is by Lynette Trinity.
Climbing the stairs to the roof above the cafe you’ll find more seating plus some pieces that several of us had at Radical Rituals, Burn 2 this year.
On the fence, the collection of posters for events and exhibits is fairly well kept up to date as are the destination posters further down towards the park. It isn’t always so on the mainland.
The digital art piece in the right of the photo is by Seraphim Placebo (Chris Attwell) who has been doing an exciting expansion of her art collection gallery.
The lower level of the building in the extension usually holds work by several avatars but it also makes a great solo exhibit room. This round, Giselle Seeker is showing her colorful pieces. And we enjoy having Silas Merlin’s blue elephant there.
The upper level of the building holds Art by Saul, a changing exhibit of digital art by SAULGOODIE who provides the Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension for the public and participating artists to enjoy.
I’d also like to thank Quinn Leilani for sharing the Wanderlust Bench Art Park with us and Klaus for his assistance.
Thanks for visiting in 2017 and for your continued interest in what we’re doing in this little spot on the grid.
This past week I’ve enjoyed several explorations at The Haze by Silas Merlin and CK Ballyhoo. At the landing there is a signpost indicating the direction to the installation. You can pick up a map and The Haze Torch. It’s recommended to keep the windlight, which I did. These photos are cropped only, except for a few I also softened a little.
“A collaboration between Silas, CK and Cybele, incorporating mesh sculptures, sketches, paintings, textures and storytelling to create a sim wide experience.”
Cybele Moon recorded the story by CK and you can hear her lovely voice whispering as you wander the sim. You can hear the chapters when you are near the small, round story signs. (Have sounds enabled.) Clicking on the signs, you can collect the chapters. You can also read the story on CK’s blog post here.
“There are additional stories in the other round signs, giving a bit more depth to certain Haze characters.”
The sign post at the landing also has teleports to a souvenir shop and to CK’s Gallery which has a personal collection of work by SL artists. The souvenir shop offers work by CK and Silas, including some of the builds seen in the installation.
After wandering around the village, you can ride a Petrified Dragon to fly further up for some wonderful views. Touch the Dragon rezzer, turn off your AO, sit on the invisiprim on the Dragon’s back and type “start” in local. Avatar flying is allowed too.
There is more color in some places in the sim wide installation.
The Haze is located at Storybrooke which is adult rated.
It’s rewarding to explore all the nooks and crannies of the buildings.
Silas made the suggestion to CK to use his new builds and sketches to form a story.
More from the invitation notecard: “Darker than anything they’ve either done before, the story turned into a nightmare. A nightmare for Elle, the main character who you may know from the previous stories and installations ‘A Watercolour Wander’ and ‘The Forest Beyond’.
Using Silas’s new digital sketches and the ruins and creatures he has created, a world started to form. Slowly the scenes that would play part in the little girl’s nightmare came to life. Dream Trees were added to show the inspirational sketches. And, in the way that makes a co-production so amazing, the story led to new builds, characters, sketches and paintings to be created by Silas and CK!”
There is a Flickr group for photos taken here.
Round 13 of Linden Endowment for the Arts is ending December 31 and I’m making time to see some of the installations when I’m able. The current installation at LEA 24 has drawn me back several times. At the landing, there is a notecard available with viewing instructions. I did increase my graphics and draw distance but the recommended windlight is not on the Lab viewer. I chose something in the environmental editor; some of these photos are dark but you can likely locate some pictures that show the sim as the artists intended.
Exodus A Trip for Life, by is by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo; the first set of photos here is of Myoo’s installation.
“At the origin of this new installation, called Exodus, there is a vision, small but powerful,
that which I have always had before my eyes every time I found myself listening or assist to debates
that in my judgment deal with the immigrant’s not easy question, or about immigration in general,
incorrectly mode and sometimes even instrumental mode.
It almost seems that all the evils of our society, unable to find effective solutions
to the problems that which from time to time appear to him, they have found the perfect scapegoat
in the dark threat of the foreign invader. The most grotesque reference and contradictory
that remains the huge amount of money that this real traffic of human beings generates,
and that filling the pockets of criminals who organize these crazy crosses of death, and criminals who
at the table with the “democratic” institutions they plan a lucrative welcome,
deprives of all fundamental rights and personal dignity…”
I like the colors (on my viewer), the shapes, the composition and the sense of substance here. There is an ongoing narrative, one we are all creating because the issue of immigration and refugees affects us all.
Like in many arenas of life, now and throughout our history, there are those who exploit the circumstances, pain and suffering of others.
I personally believe that those countries who find a way to include and value immigrants, which is a complex process, will be better poised to thrive in the future.
The photo above and the rest in this post are of the installation by Kicca Igaly. There is an openness to contemplate and explore one’s own views.
The more fifth dimensional we are becoming, the more I’m appreciating shape, form and narrative, a sort of boots on the ground approach to moving forward.
“After a life of suffering and persecution, after a long and horrible trip paid at a very high price and with the ever-lurking death that has already taken many of them, they, rich only of their own want to survive, they came to the beaches of an unknown land. They have gathered them in reception centers that, in line with an optimistic prediction, have quickly become too narrow and suffocating to hold them all. And other places of welcome are not enough or will ever be enough for the biblical exodus that takes them to the civilized West. But even the West goes into crisis, seeks alibi, can not fully understand what is happening in the Mediterranean and fights to find impossible escape. The shift politician inaugurates the new reception center and boasts of the little that others actually have given. Meanwhile, refugees and immigrants are moving towards a long road that will lead them to an unknown future, seeking relatives or friends, or simply a job that allows them to survive again.”
Exodus: A Trip for Life by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo at LEA 24, open through December 31.
Not to much further the Jota Rezzing Area is found on the left of the road.
There are many ferns and shrubs along the road as well as a few barrels and old telegraph poles by Garden Mole. Through Algira there seems to be a lot of ranching and farming going on.
There’s a rest stop on the right in Algira.
A little further on the road begins to hug the coastline more closely. The above photo was taken in Togata.
Bridge in Togata.
The road changes a little further on.
There’s a rez zone in Togata. Pods stop here.
In the photo above, you can see a bench to the right. Perhaps to ponder whether you want to enter the tunnel or not.
The road paving changes again. On the left of the road, more signs warn of deep water.
This is what it looked like above the tunnel.
Entering the tunnel, I found myself in Moma. There were huge spiders. I soon found my self in Tiger when I exited.
There were several lights and a bench along the road.
The wood plank road curves around the land, still in Tiger.
There’s a guardrail made by Bloomin Mole and set up by Garden Mole on the right. Very briefly, I took a few steps in Congrua.
A few steps further on, in Manduca, there’s a rez zone. This shot is looking back the way I just walked.
Until next time.